Celanese Corporation, a global technology and specialty materials company, announces that as a result of the impacts of extreme winter weather on the company’s operations, as well the unplanned shutdowns and force majeure declarations of many of its suppliers and service providers in the Texas Gulf Coast, Celanese is declaring force majeure with respect to the following products to its customers in the Americas and EMEA:
- Acetic Acid
- Vinyl Acetate Monomer (VAM)
- Ethyl Acetate
- Acetic Anhydride
- Methyl Acetate
- Vinyl and Acrylic Emulsions
- Redispersible Powders
- Ethylene Vinyl Acetate (EVA)
- Dimethylamine (DMA) and Trimethylamine (TMA)
- Methyl Isobutyl Carbinol (MIBC) and Methyl Isobutyl Ketone (MIBK)
Sustained below freezing temperatures at Celanese’s operating sites and those of its suppliers and logistics partners have reportedly resulted in the inability of Celanese sites to receive natural gas, electricity, industrial gas, potable and firefighting water and other raw materials necessary to safely and reliably operate the plants. Without access to such utilities, Celanese says it is forced to shut down its impacted production facilities until they can be operated safely and consistently. As a result of these shutdowns, Celanese will curtail its western hemisphere production of the above products and declare force majeure under its sales contracts.
Pursuant to the terms of applicable sales contracts, Celanese says it is excused from performance during the term of this Force Majeure event. Celanese is continuing to assess the regional and global impact of this force majeure event, and given that this is a rapidly developing situation, The company says it cannot provide any specific details or timing of the full impact to all customers. Account managers will communicate with customers to discuss allocation volumes as soon as possible.
Celanese says it will provide notice of when production will resume as it continues to assess the effect of the weather on its production facilities and infrastructure, as well as those of its suppliers and logistics providers.
For more information, visit: www.celanese.com